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17 October, 2011 - National Universities Commission

17 October, 2011 - National Universities Commission

Mrs. Andree

Mrs. Andree CarterDirector, UK Collaboration on Dev. SciencesIn his remark, the Acting Director,Department of Open and DistanceEducation (DODE) Dr. S. B. Ramon-Yusuf, urged the team to consider thestrategic importance of Cross BorderEducation and assist in consolidating theirimpact in Nigeria.Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Philpottdisclosed that BIS was a group of resourcepersons with backgrounds in science andeducation and primarily concerned withworking at broad levels with HigherEducation Institutions (HEIs) to developlocal contents and capacities of theirimmediate research coSmmunities. TheLeader of the Delegation r said that theGroup build capacities in alliance with UKOrganizations, like the (DFID) and Research Councils, to train young researchers, who theyencouraged by enabling them to work with UK researchers, stressing that BIS had a robustpost-administration follow up of this cross border researches to ensure its steady growth.Mr. Philpott also said that BIS had come with the intention to gather necessary informationon specific areas of need of Nigerian universities in order to identify immediate interventionareas that would guarantee tangible outcome and to see how NUC had been able to foster theEnterprise Innovation Systems in the NUS. The essence, he maintained, was to enable themarticulate a proposal on how to share equipments and train Science and Technologyprofessionals in identified areas of need.In her contribution, the Director of UK Collaboration on Development Sciences, Mrs. AndreeCarter, highlighted some of the successes recorded by BIS to include, the attraction of £2.9billion into the global funds for low income developing countries research activities in areasof renewable energy climate change and low-carbon development. and the provision of over42 equipment and education centres in 27 countries, overseeing the training of severalscientists and students in various scientific professional skills by the UK Government andindustry.At the end of deliberations, the meeting agreed that it would be invaluable to articulate theareas for possible collaborations in specific areas for greater impact on the University systemand Nigeria.NUC Management team with the delegationPage 10

The BIS delegation included Hooman Nouruzi (Political and Press Secretary, British HighCommission), Nafees Meah (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Beverly Okoye(Department for Business Innovation and Skills) and Gbemisola Oke (University of Ibadan,Centre for Entrepreneurial Innovation). In the NUC team were Mr. Ibrahim I. Dan’Iya(Director, Management Support Services), Arc. Bola Balogun and Mrs. H.P Abechi, (ActingDirectors of Physical Planning and Inspection and Monitoring). The Director of QualityAssurance, Professor C. F. Mafiana was represented by Dr. N. B. Saliu, (Deputy Director,Institutional Accreditation), the Director, Students Support Services, Hajia Yahya Uwani,was represented by Mr. Alex Ewuruje (Deputy Director Students Support). Also at themeeting included Mr. Chris J. Maiyaki (Deputy Director, Protocol and Chief of Staff to theExecutive Secretary), Mr. A. N. Azodo (Deputy Director Career and Students Services), Mrs.L. N. Achor (Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship Studies) and Engr. Kayode Odedina (DeputyDirector, ICT Infrastructure).ES Visits ProposedMountain Top and LifeUniversitiesAs part of NUC’s efforts to ensurethat the establishment of privateuniversities was in line withGovernment rules and specifications, theExecutive Secretary, National UniversitiesCommission (NUC), Professor Julius A.Okojie, on Saturday, 8 October, 2011, paidvisits to the proposed Mountain TopUniversity, Lagos, and Life University,Ogun State. At Mountain Top University,Prof. Julius A. OkojieExecutive Secretary, NUClocated at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,the Executive Secretary was received bymembers of the Steering Committee of theUniversity, led by Professor Ade Ojo.Prof. Ade OjoProfessor Okojie, while inspecting thefacilities at the site of the proposedMountain Top University, explained thathis visit was a follow-up to the earlier visitof NUC Standing Committee on theEstablishment of Private Universities(SCOPU). He suggested that the name ofthe University be revisited as there was aconventional way of naming Universities inNigeria. The facilities inspected includedPage 11

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